Do changes need to be forever?

This can be a loaded question. Either deep down we know the answer (which we don’t like), or anticipating the answer with the reaction as if we were playing peek-a-boo - aka hands in front of our eyes not sure how fast or slow we should separate them from each other. Or perhaps you’re feeling a bit more stoic and braced, ready to hear the truth. And generally these questions bring concern, apprehension, and some reservations. Typically we’re not asking this if we’re super excited to change.

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How hormones can affect your decisions & goals

Hormones are entities that transport specific messages between organs to ensure a certain action. Except sometimes they carry multiple messages, and then what makes us so unique is that the ratio of these messages can vary per person. We have quite a bit of hormones, like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone (sex hormones), as well as other hormones to consider like those involved in stress, appetite, and metabolism. They also interact with mood related hormones like serotonin and dopamine, more accurately defined as neurotransmitters (messages between nerve cells and the rest of the body).

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Did you drink the 'kool-aid'?

And there’s also another quote- “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” I’m referring to what can seem like ‘a quick fix’, whether it’s a weight loss program, exercise program, re-set your mind, etc. Then if it eventually doesn’t work, or we feel ourselves backslide, we blame ourselves - ironically, that program was made to fit EVERYONE. Not YOU as the individual. So then we get into the rut that the only way we can look/feel a certain way is by sticking hardcore to this program.

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Why we eat more than we feel we 'should'

My grandfather passed at age 95 within 6 months of a duodenal cancer diagnosis, but before that, he was still driving, never wore glasses, had all his teeth, fixing everything he could around the house, up at 6am, and sharp as a tack (& happy as a clam). In fact, even at age 88, he climbed a ladder to sweep leaves off of our shed at our country house, and encouraged 9 year old me to join him.

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How to lose weight according to your fat cells

Our fat cells (I know, sometimes I cringe too when I hear these words) have over 10 different receptors, even those like vitamin D! In other words, literals our fat cells are telling us we need more than just ‘one solution’ to help them function optimally. And to help you lose weight. Check out your optimal vitamin D level, plus a few other tips to address these signals!

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The real reason some diets work & others don't

Ever notice that the whole world isn’t on a single diet? Pretty cool right, acknowledging our differences whether it’s in preference, cultural, belief system, social reasons, emotional - seriously.. food is a basic need that can bring up a lot of us (i.e. smells, overall memories, tastes, experiences, etc.). And while we know how different we are, for some reason the ‘diet of the day’ is supposed to work for us- and chances are we’ve tried them.

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How to find your perfect diet & lifestyle

Have you ever heard: the past is in the past, don’t bother going back, why are you rehashing the past?, the past is already done with, etc. Except we learn about history in school, so there must be some merit… the most important piece is that we already know what has happened. We can learn from the past to change the future- which pretty much nixes any negative comment about looking at the past.

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How to stay consistent

Nature has designed the birth of a new baby chick out the egg such that it has to constantly peck and peck at the egg until at some point, the egg cracks and then it enters the world! However, if an outside force cracks open the egg, the chick is not mature enough and dies. Similarly, if you open up or mess with a caterpillar’s ‘cover’ (aka the larval skin) instead of giving it the time needed to become a butterfly to speed things along, it will die.

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Should you question what you're doing?

You’ve been trying this food group for awhile, this medication for quite some time (or supplement), been told this food will give you more energy, and that exercise will help you tone up/lose weight (however you want to call it). At what point and for how long do you try this? How do you know if it’s working? Or perhaps it’s worked for a bit and now you feel like you’re at a standstill, and your time & energy is precious!

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How to find your perfect diet (& addressing your most FAQ)

Another take on one of Hippocrates’ famous quotes of letting food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food. In other words, food can either help or harm us, yet there are so many variables- no wonder why following a diet or some sort of plan (even if just for a bit) is really enticing. We may ask ourselves questions like, ‘what foods exactly?’, ‘is it really thaat bad?’, ‘I eat this and I feel fine- all good right?’, ‘which foods to I eat/not eat?’, do I seriously need to give up ___?’, ‘how much is too much?’, etc. I believe you get the picture.

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Signals your body wants to you to know

Easy to say, not always easy to put into practice. Especially as we’re running around, out and about, tasks need to get done, family obligations, work obligations, trip coming up- and you need to fit in time at the gym, focus on not eating that food or those extra glasses of alcohol you enjoy so much, all while also finding time to relax, meditate, and show the world you’re doing just fine. And don’t forget to smile!!

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Everyday chemicals that can be adding to weight gain

I find myself saying this a lot both to myself and others (when the topic arises) so let’s just put it out there- it’s not you it’s the world. It’s the compounding effect that our ozone layer is not what it used to be, and that we have so many chemicals found in our everyday life that it’s also really easy to want to live in a bubble, with everything natural, away from whatever is icky and gross.

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Keep hitting your goals even with traveling!

I love to eat- I always have, and always will. Even with my history of portioned food plates as a kid so food wouldn’t touch, and being a bit of a late bloomer in trying certain foods (guess who used to poke avocado out of california rolls til I was 19? Now I buy avocados by the bag!), I love food. Yet in knowing this, I’ve tried so many different diets and ways to manipulate food to reach my health goals, unsure if it would really work (but it worked for others, so there’s some hope), and each time I never liked being restricted.

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Don't let anyone push your 'kill switch'

I love cars. I was raised around them for so long I was going to car shows before I was fully developed. I loved the stories behind them, the design, the fact that you could see everything right then and there under the hood, and watching them change through the years as if to define what the world was going through as well. In cars, there’s something called a ‘kill switch’- a device that can be installed that cuts off fluid supply from the battery to the motor, so even if someone broke in and tried to turn the car on or jump the wires, the car wouldn’t turn on.

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3 basic strategies you can take anywhere

Losing weight, maintaining weight should not be that hard, right? Eat pretty healthy, exercise, and still have fun because a few cheat meals and social-related habits are not going to put on like 50 pounds. Or will they..? More on that later. Cleanses, structured promising programs, all may be helpful to wrap our brains around something concrete that could give us desired results in a certain period of time, but the issue then becomes maintenance.

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What to do to 'bounce back'

We’ve all been there.. the party, wedding, holiday, company dinner, Super Bowl, etc. and sometimes those events happen a little closer to each other than we’d like. Or, maybe it’s not a huge event and it’s get togethers, commiserating, celebrating, going out to a restaurant you’ve always wanted to go to- could be with any number of people for any reason, or perhaps you just took yourself out and just didn’t want to think twice about what you were eating (or weight, health, or any other little annoying voice in your head).

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The best way to measure weight

It’s true- there are so many measurements when it comes to weight, and sometimes difficult to know which one is the most accurate. And per person, no less! Unfortunately numbers can also create a sense of worth around them to varying degrees depending on the person. As much as we need to find what works for us physically, it’s important to be able to measure our progress, though that may look different for everyone.

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Bones & hormones- they do more than just rhyme

I can’t quite help you with a funny bone or wishbone, but I can certainly help you with a backbone! Around the time of menopause in women, estrogen declines, and progesterone plummets, leaving bones susceptible to actually break down more than they’re built up, placing women at a higher risk of osteopenia and perhaps osteoporosis. Ironically, milk and calcium supplements would be recommended for bone health, as well as a common medications like bisphosphinates (i.e. Fosamax- can actually cause jaw necrosis and interfere with absorption), yet these don’t account for hormone imbalances… or the many other risk factors that can lead to brittle bones.

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